Home buyers this year have faced higher prices, more competition, and rising mortgage rates. In short, it's been a challenging year. But that's not to say it isn't a good time to buy a house. There are many reasons to be optimistic about homeownership, in fact – and a few that put current conditions in perspective. Take mortgage rates, for example. According to Freddie Mac, the long term average is 8.16 percent, which means today's rates are still low historically. Also, home equity is increasing. In fact, it's up 13% year-over-year. And rising home equity means today's homeowners are seeing their investment grow. There is also evidence that market conditions may begin to improve. For one, new home construction has been making gains and that means more homes for buyers to choose from. It also means buyers should begin to see prices moderate and competition wane, as more new homes are built to meet today's high level of buyer demand. In short, there are a lot of good reasons to be optimistic about buying a house this year, despite market challenges.

There is nowhere this is more true than in Eastern, NC. This area has continued to build homes and with existing homes on the market this has given a very good inventory of homes for buyers to choose from. It has also kept prices moderate and this has helped many first time buyers and others to be able to get into the market or stay in the market. To see some of the homes available go to: https://www.firstcarolina.com/listings/ or join social media at: https://www.facebook.com/fcrhavelock/?notif_t=page_admin. More here.

Why You Should Be Optimistic About Homeownership